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Compstat was created to provide the East Orange Police Department with an synopsis of preliminary crime statistics which allow tactical planning and deployment of resources to fight crime. The Compstat Unit will make available critical information to the Police Director (currently unassigned), the Chief of Police and the Deputy Chief of Staff compiling and analyzing introductory crime, all seven part 1 crimes including homicide statistics, and commanding officer profiles. The Compstat Unit will eventually create electronic pin maps of crime locations citywide; will analyze geographical locations of shootings, homicides, and other major crimes; will monitor pattern crimes; develop advanced computerized crime tracking methods; and provides briefing/presentation materials for the Police Director. In addition the Compstat Unit gauges the crime-fighting effectiveness of field commands by monitoring: arrest activity, responses to pattern crimes, bias crimes, and the implementation of crime strategies.

If the police are to respond efficiently to crime and to criminal events, police officers at all levels of the organization must have accurate knowledge of when particular types of crimes are occurring, how and where the crimes are being committed, and who the criminals are. The likelihood of an effective police response to crime increases proportionally as the accuracy of this criminal intelligence increases.

East Orange Police Camera Surveillance Monitoring RoomEffective tactics are thoughtfully designed to bring about the desired result of crime reduction, and these are developed after studying and analyzing the information acquired from our accurate and timely crime intelligence. In order to avoid merely displacing crime and quality of life problems, and in order to bring about permanent change, these tactics must be widespread, flexible, and adaptable to the shifting crime trends we identify and monitor.

Once a tactical plan has been developed, a selection of personnel and other necessary resources are promptly deployed. Although some tactical plans might involve only patrol personnel, experience has proven that the most effective plans require that personnel from several units and enforcement functions work together as a team to address the problem. A viable and comprehensive response to a crime or quality of life problem generally demands that patrol personnel, investigators and support personnel bring their expertise and resources to bear in a coordinated effort.

As in any problem-solving venture, an ongoing process of meticulous follow-up and assessment is absolutely essential to ensure that the desired results are actually being achieved. This evaluation component also permits us to assess the feasibility of particular tactical responses and to incorporate the knowledge we gain in our subsequent tactics development efforts. By knowing how well a specific tactic worked on a particular crime or quality of life problem, and by knowing which specific elements of the tactical response worked most effectively, we are better able to construct and implement effective responses for similar problems in the future. The follow-up and assessment process also permits us to re-deploy resources to meet newly identified challenges once a problem has declined.Acoustic Gunshot Detection Sensor System - Tracing Bullets

Surveillance cameras and acoustic gunshot detection sensor system.This concept will also be accomplished with the use of technology and "intelligence-led policing," which relies on information gathered from a wide array of sources - including partnerships - to assist with pro-active law enforcement. The Department's Goals are outlined to help maintain focus during the following years. Key Strategies will be implemented on a continual basis to ensure that the Goals are being met. The ability for the Department's Goals to become reality relies on both internal and external partnerships. The "partners" listed in this statement include all aspects of the community: individual residents, neighborhood groups, businesses, churches and faith-based groups, schools, and other city departments. Street surveillance cameras linked with a sophisticated acoustic gunshot detection sensor system are part of a high-tech strategy in East Orange that is continuing to produce dramatic crime reduction results. One of the latest crime-fighting tools -- the installation of a dashboard detection system, laptop-like computer monitors/video surveillance screens in all police supervisor patrol cars also is responsible for helping reduce crime.


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Accurate and Timely Intelligence

Accurate and timely intelligence, or information is absolutely essential in effectively responding to any problem orEOPD Tracking The Bad Guys - Gun Shot Detection System crisis. Since today's policing techniques nearly always consist of vast amounts of information, it is necessary to provide a vehicle wherein essential information can easily and effectively be shared with all levels of the organization. Often times, detectives have information on suspects or crime trends and patterns but the actual field patrol officers who may be in contact with potential suspects have no idea of what information detective personnel possess or need to clear a case. Just as important, this principle also provides for an early warning system to identify emerging crime trends and patterns. In today's environment of ever shrinking resources, being able to apply the necessary resources to an identified problem area is crucial in successfully reducing crime. Historically, marked police vehicles have randomly been deployed in hopes of deterring potential criminals who see the white police vehicles on patrol. This principle suggests that the intelligence/information be used as a radar screen to direct police resources to the exact problem area.

Effective Tactics

Traditional policing tactics have always dictated that most problems may be solved at a superficial level. In other words, take care of the suspect and don't worry about the social or environmental situation that may be adding to or creating the problem. COMPSTAT tactics encourage "thinking outside the box" and mandates that every resource, both internal and external, are considered in responding to a problem. COMPSTAT tactics also provide for a sense of urgency in responding to problems. The old attitudes of public entities responding at slow speed are no longer acceptable. Every case or call for service is handled as the traditional "Big Case" and is thoroughly and rapidly investigated in a systematic manner.

Rapid Deployment

For decades, police departments have been driven by calls for service and respond their limited resources in a reactive manner. With COMPSTAT, the police department is now armed with vital intelligence regarding emerging crime trends or patterns that allows for a strategic police response. The strategic response can be in many forms, both traditional uniformed or plainclothes officer response as well as non-traditional decoys and sting operations.

Relentless Follow-up and Assessment

An essential element in any crucial operation is the need to critically assess past tactics and review what was successfully employed and what just didn't work. One of the main differences between private enterprise and the public sector is the bottom line of positive returns. The public sector and police departments have rarely been evaluated on their results. On the other hand, if a business implements an unsuccessful strategy or provides an unacceptable level of customer service, it isn't long before bankruptcy is filed. The bottom line with COMPSTAT is results. Everything the police department does no matter whether administrative, operational or investigative in nature is evaluated by the results achieved. Static operations that do not provide for successful results are immediately assessed for their value and necessity to the overall operation of the department.

The COMPSTAT Unit is under the direction of Chief Ronald Borgo and Deputy Chief of Staff Kevin Morgan. Both Chief's  monitor the COMPSTAT Unit to provide the statistical data and management information needed for the weekly COMPSTAT information sharing meetings chaired by both chief's. The review of the data presented and the performance of the command officers responsible for the existing crime issues assists those same officers in future decision making when creating new crime reduction strategies, allocating resources and deploying personnel in their assigned areas. Proven and successful strategies are identified and offered to other commands to assist them in addressing similar or overlapping crime problems in other areas of the City. The continuous COMPSTAT cycle of reviewing, strategizing, taking action and being held accountable for results has streamlined the Department's crime fighting abilities and increased it effectiveness in responding quickly to crime problems as evidenced by the current reduction in the overall occurrence of crime throughout the City of East Orange.


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